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Mar 19, 2020 - We're Home!

But it wasn't easy! Getting off the ship and to the airport was a breeze, but getting through security in San Diego not so much. We were concerned about getting to the plane before we missed our flight and left Sam's jacket (with his camera in the pocket!) in one of the little gray bins that take things through the X-Ray machines. So no more photos. We did make it on the plane in time, and I was able later to get in touch with the Lost & Found Department in San Diego who found the jacket and camera and sent them on to us. But, of course...

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19 Days Aboard Ship

Mar 7, 2020 - Kona on Big Island of Hawaii

This morning we finally reached the Hawaiian Islands and are anchored off Kona. We had to take a tender to shore as the ship could not come in to the dock. Fortunately, the sea was relatively calm, but even so the tender and the ship were bouncing in different directions, so it was a bit tricky for landlubbers like Sam and me to get from one to the other. After we got on land, a bus took us to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historical Park. Tai told us a great deal about Hawaiian building construction and showed quite a few...

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Mar 6, 2020 - The Stars at Night

Today we actually got ambitious enough to get up to the fitness center and work out for about half an hour. We need to do that more often! The day was relatively calm; we had lots of time to browse among all the things available on the ship. We did go down to Mainstage to see a “hula” display. Seems lots of the passengers have been taking lessons. Maybe they should leave that to the Hawaiians? And after dark, Tai took those of us interested up where he could point out the stars. It gave me a slightly better appreciation of the skill of the...

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Mar 5, 2020 - Lots of Stuff While at Sea

Yesterday we managed to catch two performances of the piano quartet. One was all American music. I also got to the Mainstage Theater for a session on why sharks are important to keeping the oceans healthy and why shark “attacks” are really a case of mistaken identity: to a shark swimming 100 feet or so below the surface, the silhouette of a human swimming or surfing looks very much like a seal. They are now designing wet suits with bold black and white stripes or in very light colors like blue so the sharks can tell the difference. I hope...

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Mar 4, 2020 - Navigation by Ancient Polynesians

Sea still relatively calm this morning, and we’re up early. Managed to get a shower and do some light laundry and still made it up to Lido Market for breakfast by a little after 7. Then we decided to wander and explore the ship, so we ended up in EXC (Exploration Central) which has all sorts of interesting things: lots of books, video displays, and a wonderful view of the sea from the top deck at the front (bow) of the ship. One of the displays showed the California coast on one side of the screen, the Hawaiian Islands on the other, and a...

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Mar 1, 2020 - First Days

Breakfast this morning with some of our Road Scholar trip participants was both tasty and fun. The schedule today is: meeting with trip leaders at 8:00 am; bags out for pickup before 11:00 am; board ship sometime thereafter. I’ll record how it went this evening! “This evening” has turned into Wednesday morning, March 4, before I could get back to this, but I’ll try to remember everything that has happened. Boarding the ship went very smoothly and was much faster than we had been told it might be. Our stateroom is one of the inside...

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Feb 28, 2020 - We're Off!

The day was interesting, to say the least. To start with, when I was doing the last minute check to be sure we had all the papers we needed, I couldn’t find our passports. Without passports, we would not be able to board the ship. After a frantic search, I found them pretty much where they were supposed to be. So I took a deep breath; we gathered up everything; climbed into the car right on time and got to the tiny Hot Springs airport where we boarded Southern Airway Express and flew to Dallas. Sam needed some help getting his seat belt...

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Dec 7, 2019 - Hot Springs National Park

. I've heard of Hot Springs, Arkansas for years, back when the automobiles of newly married couples were decorated for the honeymoon trip "Hot Springs Tonight" was often seen on the sides, hood, or trunk. In fact, friends put that on the trunk of my 1960 Ford Galaxy with white shoe polish, when Hazel and I married in 1966, and years later, even with many washings, you could still see it with the right light and angle. . The water from natural hot springs coming from deep in the earth was thought to contain mystical healing powers, and...

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Sep 28, 2019 - We're home

Here are a couple more entries from the notes I took while traveling: Tuesday, September 10 Glacier Bay. The ship proceeded during over half the day up this narrow bay which is supposed to be around 1,000 feet deep. It was glacier cut in the last ice age. As we came to each of four different glaciers, the ship pulled up with its bow facing directly at the glacier face. We could go on deck in an open area at the bow to get a relatively close-up view of the glacier and to take photos. Unfortunately, the weather was either very cloudy which...

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Jul 26, 2019 - Day 71 - Cloud Nine RV Park, Hot Springs, AR

Just before we got to the RV park last night, we crossed over from eastern to central daylight time. So both LJ and I have not fully adapted to gaining an hour and we're both pretty much awake by 5:30 AM. I'm much more interested in adapting than he is; he jumps off the bed and starts pawing at my arm. I give him my sternest look and whisper "No, it's not time yet" and he gets it. He jumps back on the bed and snuggles up beside me - for about 90 seconds. Then he's back at it. Resistance is futile, so I stagger up, get a cup of coffee going,...

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2019 Summer Big Trip

Dec 11, 2018 - Hot Springs Nat'l Park

Hello to Olivia's friends at Ms. Wishart's Class. Well, I finally crossed the Mississippi River into the Western United States. Today I was also able to visit Pres. Clinton's Library in Little Rock, AR, and then on to Hot Springs Nat'l Park. I was able to become a Junior Ranger at the Nat'l Park. See my picture???? So cool!!! Tomorrow on to East Texas. See you there!!!

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Dec 10, 2018 - Heading West again.

Hello Everybody Em here writing today. After several months east of the Mississippi, we are heading west again. We had a wonderful time in the east visiting family and friends. We are trying to figure out a way to load you all on board and bring you with us. Mike had fun organizing the wreath sales for the church. I think 175 wreaths were sold with the money going to charity. Many parishioners helped with the project making bows, attempting to make bows, and picking, cooking, wiring, and tying pine cones on the wreaths. The guys who went to...

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